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Historic Geneva diner returning to the city? Developer and officials hope so

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Gerry Collins, a Seneca County resident, is in the process of reviving a historic Geneva diner he rescued in 2019, with plans to reintroduce it to the city’s downtown area.

The Finger Lakes Times reports the diner, originally operational until 2004 as Patti’s Lakeview Diner, was a local staple serving the Geneva community from its establishment in 1932.

After spending 15 years behind the city’s sewage treatment plant, Collins purchased the diner for $100, aiming to restore this piece of Americana originally crafted by the Ohio-based Bixler company.


Having undergone a comprehensive restoration by Collins, the diner now awaits a new home in Geneva, its original city.

Collins initially aimed to locate the diner in Watkins Glen, but shifted focus back to Geneva due to the lack of suitable sites in Watkins Glen and the diner’s historical ties to the city.

The Geneva Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and city officials are currently considering potential locations for the diner, emphasizing its potential as a tourism and local attraction.